Azure API Management vs. Layer7 API Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure API Management
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft's Azure API Management supports creation of API.
$0.04
per 10,000 calls
Layer7 API Management
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Layer7 API Management (formerly CA API Management) from Broadcom company CA Technologies enables creation and management of API.N/A
Pricing
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
Editions & Modules
Consumption
0.042 per 10,000 calls
Lightweight and serverless version of API Management service, billed per execution
Developer
$48.04
per month Non-production use cases and evaluations
Basic
$147.17
per month Entry-level production use cases
Standard
$686.72
per month Medium-volume production use cases
Premium
$2,795.17
per month High-volume or enterprise production use cases
Isolated
TBA
per month Enterprise production use cases requiring high degree of isolation
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
API Management
Comparison of API Management features of Product A and Product B
Azure API Management
8.0
4 Ratings
2% below category average
Layer7 API Management
8.6
1 Ratings
5% above category average
API access control8.94 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Rate limits and usage policies5.44 Ratings10.01 Ratings
API usage data8.94 Ratings9.01 Ratings
API user onboarding9.03 Ratings7.01 Ratings
API versioning8.94 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Usage billing and payments5.23 Ratings7.01 Ratings
API monitoring and logging9.84 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
Small Businesses
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
NGINX
NGINX
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(4 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure API ManagementLayer7 API Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
APIM is useful for the standard scenarios:
1) Securing your back-end APIs - If you have a legacy back-end web service that has a basic authentication scheme, you can add some additional security by placing APIM in front, and requiring subscription keys. Leverage your existing firewall to ensure only your APIM instance can communicate with your back-end API, and you've basically added a layer of protection.
2) Lift and shift - there are always going to be clients that don't want to update their clients to use a newer API; in some cases you can make a newer API look like an older one by implementing some complex policies in APIM. You can also do the opposite, making older APIs look new, such as making an XML back-end accept both JSON and XML.
3) Centralizing your APIs - if you've acquired another company and want to make their API set look as if it's a part of the larger whole, APIM is an easy way to provide a consistent front-end interface for developers.
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Broadcom
Well suited for publishing internal services with very high security, protecting against attacks, and managing on-demand load. Also good for transform messages and SQL to Rest services. Not appropriate for business logic implementation.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Easy commissioning of APIs.
  • Great policies to control access.
  • Easy mock services for testing.
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Broadcom
  • SOAP to Rest / Rest to SOAP web services transformation.
  • Secure authorization and authetication (JWT, OpenIP Connect, OAuth, SAML and more). WASP Features as injection protection.
  • Easy rule writing without coding.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Lack of robustness is a bit of an issue. Several other providers offer more options and capabilities, but then, they are lacking in interface ease.
  • As with anything Azure, pricing is really hard to stay on top of. I always find that you really don’t know what you’re paying for until you get the bill. Having an excellent Azure Administrator can help resolve that.
  • Integrating with app services outside of Azure can be a challenge, or at least much more challenging than just using Azure App Services.
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Broadcom
  • It would be nice to have an integration with services like Github for managing projects and versions.
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Usability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Broadcom
The Layer7 API Management is a great solution, but, sometimes the documentation is not clear or has lack of examples.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Broadcom
The support team is good and the response time is reasonable, but (there is always a but), when support inquiries are made by someone experienced, and the question is not trivial, it is boring and takes a long time to get the case escalated to the next level of support.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Azure APIM vs Amazon API Gateway:
1) Azure APIM was a complete package that included a developer portal.
2) We are very Microsoft centric - so the Microsoft product suite aligned very well with our business needs.
3) It was faster and easier to stand up Azure APIM for testing than it was for the Amazon API Gateway.
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Broadcom
We evaluated 3 tools and decided on Layer7 API Management because it had the shortest implementation times and fastest learning curve, without losing power of customization and scalability.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • We can always think of positive ROI impact on business
  • It helps to easily facilitate the design, deployment, and maintenance of our APIs
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Broadcom
  • Very fast implementation and is easy to learn & use.
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